A New Plainsong

Starting on Sunday, September 12th, we will start using a new setting of Sanctus and also sing the Fraction Anthem (Christ our Passover) at the 9:00 a.m. service. Both of these musical settings of the liturgy are extracted from a mass setting entitled New Plainsong written by the very accomplished and well-recognized church musician and composer, David Hurd. Since 1976, Dr. Hurd has served on the faculty of General Theological Seminary as Professor of Church Music and Director of the Chapel. He also serves as Director of Music at New York City's Church of the Holy Apostles. His hymns and settings of the mass for the church appear in many hymnals including Hymnal 1982. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of North Carolina, The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston.

Choral singing has been one of the most visible forms of building a community through music. Whether singing in a church choir, school choir, or community chorus, the social interaction and community spirit that is developed by singing together is rarely surpassed. Many of us start off singing together for the first time in kindergarten and continue singing throughout our young academic lives, grade school through college. When we are lucky enough to experience choral music in our religious lives, we discover how powerful music can be, transcending many boundaries and uniting sacred text with music. How many times does a familiar text take on new meaning and depth when experienced through music?

If you asked a choir member today what is most meaningful to them about singing in the choir, you would find many answers. Several answers would naturally include the love of music and the love of singing. But, two of the more striking aspects of singing in the choir remain the sense of involvement in our liturgies and the sense of community developed by singing together. We have established a mantra here at Holy Comforter: Worship, Education, and Fellowship. These three things and more are embodied in the choir every week.

We are always looking for more singers to join the choir. You don't need to have prior knowledge of music or experience singing in choirs - that's what rehearsals are for! All that is necessary is a desire to sing and participate in a very unique and special way in our weekly liturgies throughout the year. We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Choir Room. Since we are very visible in front, it is very obvious when our numbers slip ever so slightly. We want to look and sound full! If you are interested in joining the choir, please call Derek Nickels in the Music Office at (847) 251-6120, Ext. 17.